Out since 2013-09-27: a documentary by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier on the – utterly soulful – music scene in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA, and that unique sound that emanated from Fame Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio!
Tag Archives: Ace
I.M. Johnny Otis (1921-12-28 > 2012-01-17). More on Mr. Otis via http://uzine.posterous.com/iannis-johnny-otis-veliotes and see also:
RIP soul queen Etta James (73) who’d been taken into hospital, suffering from leukemia. Legendary for her recordings on Chess, she had recently released what had been announced as her last album on Verve Forecast: “The Dreamer“ (2011-11-08) – before that she was on RCA Victor. On the reissue front, there’s just been a box set on Hip-O Select: “Heart & Soul – A Retrospective” (2011-10), while Kent / Ace have equally launched a number of reissues with bonus tracks viz. “Call My Name” and “Losers Weepers“. More on Etta in my next post!
Johnny Otis (of Greek descent, born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes) is one of those rhythm ‘n’ blues heroes that played an important role, was an esteemed player in his own time … but who has remained an R’n’B pioneer that never made it to megastardom, nor was he to have a second career hit like Johnny “Guitar” Watson or others had … Still, just read those first couple of lines of this wiki, and you’ll see he’s worth your listening attention … e.g. via this Ace cd. Image source: “the Dreamers visit Johnny Otis in 1954“ via the Doo-Wop Society of Southern California.